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Palmer (J. Norris) Papers

(Mss. 3070)

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Biographical Note

Dr. John Norris Palmer, born 1898, pastored the First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for more than thirty years. His papers, donated by his wife Margaret, reflect his professional and personal interests and obligations. Dr. Palmer was active in foreign missions, served as President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and participated in numerous other civic capacities in the Baton Rouge area. Much of the personal correspondence in this collection is with his mother, Mamie Leora Palmer and his wife. Other personal and professional papers provide insight into Palmer's pastoral duties, and the concerns of his congregation and peers.

Scope and Content Note

The Palmer papers date from c. 1848-1969, but the bulk of the materials date 1921-1969. Most of the collection accumulated during Dr. J. Norris Palmer's tenure as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Much of the collection consists of saved correspondence with other members of Dr. Palmer's family. The Palmer papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, bulletins, brochures, maps, datebooks, financial and administrative records, and other printed materials.

Container List

Box 1          Church correspondence (ca. 1948-1962)
Box 2          Church correspondence (ca. 1962-1964)
Box 3          Church correspondence, arranged by topic (ca. 1931-1957)
Box 4          Personal correspondence (1848-1937)
Box 5          Personal correspondence (1938-1949)
Box 6          Personal correspondence (1950-1969), collected greeting cards, personal papers
Box 7          Church materials (bulletins, financial statements, etc.)
Box 8          Sermons, speeches, devotional materials
Box 9          Southern Baptist Convention and Louisiana Baptist Convention materials
Box 10         Records of the Foreign Mission Board
Box 11         Records of the Foreign Mission Board
Box 12         Printed Items (church bulletins, newsletters, etc.)
Box 13         Travel Materials (maps, brochures, etc.)
Box 14         Diaries, datebooks, miscellaneous notes
Box 15         Scrapbooks
Box 16         Scrapbooks, yearbooks